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In the second episode of The Finish Line, an exclusive Grantland series chronicling Steve Nash’s season, Nash battles his way back onto the court, celebrates his 40th birthday with a throwback performance against the 76ers, and faces the harsh reality that the Lakers may essentially end his career by exercising the stretch provision. Grantland

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Nash spent a good deal of energy, legal and financial, to guarantee his children would be raised in Los Angeles. He doesn’t want to move them again. When we talked that first night, he mentioned the “stretch provision,” a newish cap wrinkle that allows the Lakers to waive Nash’s final year, then “stretch” his $9.7 million cap number over as many as four years.6 It’s a fancy way for the Lakers, or any bumbling NBA team, to dilute the impact of a damaging contract. Nash believed the “stretch” buyout was a looming threat — if it happened, he’d probably retire unless the Clippers wanted him. Grantland

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The most meaningful number Nash has put up is 10, the number of games in which he's appeared. That officially erased the possibility of the Lakers' wiping his $9.7-million salary off their cap for next season if he had to retire for medical reasons. The Lakers still have an out of sorts. They can waive him via the NBA's so-called stretch provision by Sept. 1, allowing them to spread his salary over the next three seasons. But they might want to keep him so they can expunge his salary by the time premier free agents become available, such as Kevin Love in 2015 and Kevin Durant in 2016. Los Angeles Times

Kristina Leahy: Steve Nash tells me he will not retire at the end of this year and intends on playing for the Lakers next season. Nash tells me exactly when he plans to walk away and why in my interview with him tonight on CBS and KCAL Twitter @KristineLeahy

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